Get Messy 17 + September prompt

Elephant art journal by Lauren Likes


I got my mojo back. I found some National Geographic magazines at a thrift store here and I have officially decided that travel magazines are my number 1 art journaling tool. To make the background for this page I watercolored a dot stamp and just stamped over and over. Even though it covers the page and makes a great background, it didn’t warp the paper at all because the amount of water + paint is so thin. The gold doily is from an old Studio Calico kit and the translucent phrase in the corner is from the new Sandlot kit. This page is especially special as we just booked our tickets to Thailand for Christmas and one of my #1 dreams in life is to meet an elephant in person and now I will! EEEKKK!! (Ps I dont know what this says about me, but most things on my bucket list involve exotic animals….)Elephant gold art journal by Lauren Likes

This page. Those watercolors. I made this page and knew I couldn’t cover an inch of it. So stamping a quote was the perfect solution! At the urging of Caylee, I started carrying an idea notebook with me everywhere and I have a page for quotes I randomly find and this was one of them. I love it so! So, now I’m telling YOU to carry an idea book with you where ever you go! So many of my best ideas happen random places and in busy times, so I write them down and can refer back when I have time to sit down and make and (always) have no ideas!  Water color sunburst art journal by Lauren Likes

How the prompts will work: The 6 main hosts of Get Messy will rotate creating prompts each month. On the first Thursday of the month, the new prompt will be announced (always on my blog) for you to participate too! You have about a month to complete your page(s) inspired by this prompt. Then we want you to return here (again, always on my blog) on the last Thursday of the month to participate in a fun link up so we can all admire your creation! Ok? OK!

This weeks prompt comes from the lovely Sabine. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are really missing out. Her archives are like a gold mine! 

Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously? I would, for example, like to live on a houseboat or a train wagon.

Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before. Be adventurous!


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

24 thoughts on “Get Messy 17 + September prompt

  1. Keshena

    Love these Lauren, I’m excited for you to meet the Elephants and tick it off your bucket list. We also got to meet them in Thailand, we fed some bananas…apparently they love them 🙂

  2. Doreen

    I came to your blog to add my August Link Up and I am pleased to see the September prompt up!!
    I had so much fun w/ August and now and eager to start working on this one!
    You and the other “vixens” are very inspiring!

    Congrats to you that you get to cross off the #1 item on your bucket list! Wow!
    I don’t even have a bucket list!
    But if I did, I am sure animal adventures would be on there as well!
    I love animals (more than people LOL)!
    Love your elephant photo and gold doily; very fun yet classy!

  3. Kathleen

    I am seriously in love with that second page!! It’s absolute perfection!!
    Also like the prompt for this month, good to get those big dreams on paper 🙂

  4. Eliza

    I love your stamping and watercolors! And omgosh so jealous of your trip to Thailand! How exciting. I have this vision of myself one day cavorting around on the back of a bedazzled elephant, so I totally understand your wanting to meet one in person. The things are HUGE. Can you imagine?

    This months prompt has got me thinking up a storm already. I’m super excited to get started wheee!

  5. Jossie

    Love the watercolor page! Looks like it was a lot if fun to create!! The prompt is awesome! Can’t wait for the link up to see everyone’s take on it! Happy weekend!

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